Ideas Have Consequences

Where Dennis Buonafede writes on Philosophy, Theology and Culture.

Why are so many Christians confused today?

So far during this series of articles we have been laying out a simple framework that incorporates all the unchanging elements of this universe we live in; elements that are not physical or measurable, but rather principles upon which all of reality rests on. Metaphysics shows us that we intuitively realize certain truths. Stick with me on this and you’ll […]

Hockey, Football and other Religions!

So far during this series of articles we have been laying out a simple framework that incorporates all the unchanging elements of this universe we live in; elements that are not physical or measurable, but rather principles upon which all of reality rests on. Metaphysics shows us that we intuitively realize certain truths. If a wall exists in front of […]

Do we know who we are? — Humanity’s “Identity Crisis”

"The Creation of Adam" (detail) by Michelangelo

I’m getting old … and soft … and grumpy! I just got back from two weeks of “tenting it” and I’m hurtin’. Thirty years ago, all I needed was a backpack, sleeping bag, fishing rod and off I’d go. A lean-to would keep me dry, ferns for a mattress would comfort my sleep and the sounds of birds in the […]

We’ve Lost that “Loving” Feeling Too

Marriage: The Union of One Woman and One Man

Before we start, put the following question in the back of your mind and let it sit there until we pick it up near the end. Gentlemen, don’t fall into the temptation of answering right away, because anything you say can and will be used against you, and that could get ugly! Who is more free, the single man or […]

We’ve Lost that “Thinking” Feeling

Saint Thomas Aquinas, The Angelic Doctor

When I first begin a new semester of teaching Philosophy, I always begin by asking students for their opinions on certain moral and social questions. In almost all cases the student’s response begins with: “I feel that…” These three little words are indicative, I think, of why there is so much confusion in our society. As stated in a previous […]

Gender Confusion Results from Misunderstanding Human Nature

From “gender-bending” to “gender-less” in less than two weeks. Honestly, I couldn’t make this up because I’d lose all credibility. Yet life certainly is stranger than fiction; oftentimes sadly so. In my most recent article, I quoted a feminist professor who spoke with pride about how she was raising her children according to her strict feminist ideology; content that both […]

Rediscovering Our Humanity… Metaphysically

"Creation of Adam" (detail) by Michelangelo

We are raising activists, not saints! I don’t remember exactly what it was that made me scribble down that observation because I was cooking lunch for my children and was half listening to the news on the television, but that observation was later reinforced when I came across an article on the internet written by a feminist professor and mother. […]

The Principle of Finality and Teenagers… or “Is That Your Final Answer?”

"Creation of Adam" (detail) by Michelangelo

The tough question Every year, around November, I have an involuntary front row seat to the latest round of teenage angst dealing with University applications. One year was particularly intense because two of my philosophy students were debating between attending a nearby secular University and one much farther away run by the Dominicans. In one case their new found love of […]

Science, Beauty, Teenagers and the God Question

"Creation of Adam" (detail) by Michelangelo

Young Atheists One of the most difficult issues, with which I have to personally deal as a teacher, is the student who enters my Grade 9 Religion class at the age of fourteen already an avowed atheist. While I have come to expect this from some entering Grade 12 Philosophy, such an attitude in one so young is disconcerting. Usually these students […]

Teenagers and Truth

"Creation of Adam" (detail) by Michelangelo

What is truth? This is not an idle question, especially for teenagers. They may not ask it this way but there is a hunger, a need, an intense yearning to grab onto something that makes sense of their existence. The young man’s question to Jesus “Master, what must I do?” (Mk 10:17ff) is not merely a pragmatic question. It is […]